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Benefits for Qualified Adults

In order to continue to recruit and retain high quality faculty and staff, WVU is joining many of our higher education colleagues by expanding family-friendly benefits options to employees. Benefits-eligible employees now have the opportunity to extend some WVU-administered benefits to other qualified adults (OQAs) and children in your household.

Please note, this excludes PEIA- and FBMC-administered benefits such as health insurance, dependent life insurance, dental and vision insurance, and flexible spending accounts, etc. unless the employee is legally married to the other qualified adult (as described below):

Important information for same-sex couples

Effective October 1, 2014 WVU employees may now cover same-sex spouses on their WV PEIA health insurance. The new law is considered a qualifying life event under Section 125 of the IRS Code, which will allow WVU employees to add their same-sex spouse to their PEIA health insurance. New employees or newly married PEIA participants have the month of the event, plus the two following months, to add their spouse to coverage. Approved changes-in-status will take effect the 1st of the month following the date the request was submitted. Instructions on how to request a PEIA Change-in-status can be found on the WVU Employee Benefits website here: Qualifying Life Events.

Available Benefits for Other Qualified Dependents

Your eligible Other Qualified Dependents may take advantage of some WVU-provided benefits opportunities equivalent to those offered to WVU benefits-eligible employees, such as:

  • Identity Theft Protection by InfoArmor
  • WVU Child Learning Center discounts
  • WVU Employee Wellness activities
  • WVU Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
  • WVU Libraries privileges
  • WVU Student Recreation Center memberships

Eligible Other Qualified Dependents will be issued WVU Employee Benefits Dependent Identification Cards to serve as proof of eligibility for participating services.

WVU Benefits Administration looks forward to growing this program in the future. Please check this website for up-to-date information on benefits available to Other Qualified Adults.


Other Qualified Adults (OQAs) are defined as individuals who reside with and are financially interdependent with the employee. For the purposes of registering an OQA for WVU-administered benefits, the individual will automatically qualify as an OQA if he or she is a benefits eligible employee’s spouse in a same-sex marriage or civil union, or partner in a recognized domestic partnership. Otherwise, the individual must meet the criteria outlined in the WVU Other Qualified Adults Guideline.

Enrolling Your Other Qualified Dependents

To enroll your Other Qualified Dependents, please complete a WVU Employee Benefits Dependent Identification Card Application Form and return to the WVU Benefits Office, along with copies of supporting documentation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Benefits Administration at or call 304.293.5700 ext. 4

Canceling Coverage

Should the status of your enrolled Other Qualified Adult change, please contact Benefits Administration to have them removed from your account as soon as possible.